Every day, patients across the country rely on blood and platelets donated through the American Red Cross.
While the need is ongoing, the supply isn't -- especially around the holidays, when regular donors travel and spend time with family and friends and may forget to schedule an appointment, a news release said.
The only way to provide lifesaving blood and platelets for patients in need is through the generosity of donors, who can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday season by making an appointment to donate at www.redcrossblood.org, or by calling (800) 733-2767.
The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 12:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave.
To donate blood, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements, the release said.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The nonprofit organization depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission, the release said.